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The law firm Matt Cohen & Associates, LLC maintains a general practice of law with an emphasis on special education and school related issues, the legal problems of health care and human services providers and the legal needs of children and adults with substance dependency or mental, developmental and physical disabilities.

Our services are provided through advocacy, informed and thoughtful consultation, representation in litigation and legislative efforts. The staff is committed to clients through advocacy work and continued education of the general public and concerned families.

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Upcoming Presentations

ARC of Illinois 2017 Annual Convention “FAPE: What it Means Now and What it May Mean in the Future” presentation by Matt Cohen @ Hilton Hotel
Apr 26 @ 8:30 am – Apr 27 @ 4:00 pm

Matt Cohen will be presenting on Thursday, April 27th at 2:00 p.m.  “FAPE: What it Means Now and What it May Mean in the Future”

The Supreme Court is considering whether to strengthen the “Free Appropriate Public Education” standard.  We will discuss the legal standards now, what it will mean if changes and how to assure FAPE regardless.

Accessing Educational Services for Children with Disabilities presentation by Matt Cohen @ Regency Conference Center
Apr 28 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The 3rd Annual Autism, Behavior and Complex Medical Needs – Downstate Conference will be held with a general theme of  “Zip Code vs. Genetic Code: The Social Determinants of Caring for Children and Families with Special Needs”.


Matt Cohen will be presenting from 1:30 -2:30 on “Accessing Educational Services for Children with Disabilities”


Evaluating Students Suspected of Having Learning Disabilities: Avoiding RTI Pitfalls and Writing an Appropriate IEP presentation by Matt Cohen @ St Xavier University, 4th floor Boardroom
Sep 16 all-day

How do IEP team members write relevant and appropriate IEPs for students with learning disabilities?  What are some of the common mistakes in writing IEPs that have been found in the courts?  Come to learn about what you, as an IEP team participant, need to know about crafting a meaningful IEP.

Illinois Statewide Transition Conference – Matt Cohen, Keynote Speaker @ Prairie Capital Convention Center
Oct 23 – Oct 24 all-day
CHADD – Annual International Conference on ADHD @ Hilton Atlanta
Nov 9 – Nov 11 all-day